A scorched landscape with lime-rich soil lined with rows of gnarly vines weighed down by heavy bunches of juicy dark-purple grapes – does that sound familiar? You will certainly enjoy a visit to the vineyards, followed by a tour of the wine cellar and a wine tasting. Alicante offers a ready-made wine route: the Ruta del Vino.
When even the Alicantinos prefer a Rioja or Ribera del Duero, you know there is something seriously wrong with the image of the local wines. This image problem is undeserved: this province produces excellent wine. In the 17th century, it was as famous as Rioja wine is today. The D.O. Alicante (Denominación de Origen) is making a comeback. The sumilleres (sommeliers) in the better wine bars in town will talk passionately about the local wines and are happy to recommend bodegas around the province that are worth a visit. There you will taste wine that is too good to spit out.
““A bottle of this outstanding wine will cost you 30 euros back home. In Spain you pay only 20.””